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Lost Rider by Harper Sloan

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REVIEWED BY Tina Shobe


Lost Rider by Harper Sloan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Lost Rider is Book One in The Coming Home Series

Maverick Davis is heading back home after promising his siblings he'd be there for their dad's funeral. Going back home to a place he never wanted to see again. He's reeling after the loss of his career in the rodeo due to too many injuries.

Leighton James is the girl next door who's known the Davis' all their lives and is best friends with Quinn, Maverick's sister.

Leighton has had a deep crush on Maverick since being a teenager.

In a conversation with his brother, Clay, the night before he leaves to join the rodeo circuit Maverick says some very harsh things about Leighton. Which she overhears and is devastated.

Quite frankly at first I didn't care much for Maverick. He was quite a bit of a jerk and when he came back into town he again, was pretty mean to Leighton. But as the story went along I got to know the terrible childhood he ha…

Alaska Wild by Helena Newbury

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REVIEWED BY Isa Jones

Alaska Wild by Helena Newbury
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was hands down a rollercoaster of emotions. It had me on the edge of my seat and it played in my mind like one of those Action packed, high octane Hollywood films.
It had explosions, plane crashes, persecutions, car chases and just every single element to keep your attention glued to the story. Also in excellent Helena style it had the perfect amount of sizzling scorching passion and romance.

From the very first page both Boone and Kate create sparks through every line. They meet in the most of unlikely of circumstances but fate brought them together and neither is prepared for what is in store for them.

Kate is an FBI agent who finds herself in middle of nowhere Alaska on a mission to hunt down a witness for an important case she is working on, unfortunately she realises her witness has vanished to another location and she is desperate to get back on a plane before that window of opportunity pass…

The One That Got Away by Magan Vernon

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REVIEWED BY Tina Shobe 

The One That Got Away by Magan Vernon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Abbey and Jordan were high school sweethearts. Jordan leaves Abby behind when he moves to New York.

Jordan is now back in town helping his family prepare his Grandma's house to be sold. He would like nothing better to reconnect with the girl his left behind.

Abbey is super cautious to open herself back up as she was devastated when he left without her and she knows his time in town is limited.

I felt so upset for Abbey with her so-called friends. I'm sure the reality of her friendships and her advise from her dad made her decisions for her future much clearer and easier.

I was really rooting for Jordan and Abbey. I think maybe they had to go their separate ways to grow into the people they are now so they can appreciate who they can become in the future together. Made their feelings much deeper and more real.

This is book 4 in the Friendship Texas Series but I feel it can be a stand alone. Th…

Ghost in His Eyes by Carrie Aarons

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REVIEWED BY Monique Cashmere 

Ghost in His Eyes by Carrie Aarons
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.5*'s.

This is a story about young love, high school sweet hearts with the world at their feet. That is until the unthinkable happens. Then everything gets turned around and things said in the heat of the moment that hurt deeply.

Blake Sayer is living a reclusive lifestyle that she didn't plan on when she was a teen. Things are very different for her now. Carson Cole was meant to be in her life, but after that night, he left town for ten years. Now he's back to run the family business and maybe get a chance to talk with Blake, and work through that eventful evening.

I am a lover of second chance romances so was happy when I was offered to read this book. I felt the characters were strong and the story line complete. I did feel it lacked a little on the suspense. There was plenty of drama and some angst and a whole lot of romance which makes my heart sing. I think it was because the…

Love Remembers by N. Nieto

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REVIEWED BY Ann Meemken

Love Remembers by N. Nieto
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ryan lost 13 years of his memory. He does not remember his fiancée Brooke or the love they shared. He goes back to the only love he remembers his high school sweetheart. He is in for a few surprizes about what happened years ago. My heart broke for him.

Love Remembers is an incredible story. When I seen the teasers and blurb coming out. I knew it was going to be a heartfelt story and it was. The story made me a wreck like I knew it would. I wanted to smack Ryan a few times for how he treated Brooke. Brooke was a strong and feisty woman who fought for the love they shared. Love Remembers was an incredible story.

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Mixed Up by Emma Hart

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REVIEWED BY Tina Shobe

Mixed Up by Emma Hart
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Raven owns a bar and has recently renovated to include a kitchen as she would like to offer a selection of food.

She is really struggling to find a chef so she can be ready when her family invades for a family reunion.

Her brother's best friend, Parker, whom is an amazing chef is in town for the summer.

Parker agrees to help Raven out to both of their surprises as they have hated each other for years. The banter they have is sometimes hateful, sometimes hilarious, sometimes with underlying heat.

I just knew that underneath all that 'hate' that these two have that there was a layer of sexual tension. I could almost visualize the build up. The sex was wonderfully explosive.

When these work together they compliment each other very well.

I have to mention that I really loved the names Raven gave her drinks. I'd like to be a bartender to see people's expressions when they order them.

When I finished …

Walk Of Shame by Lauren Layne

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REVIEWED BY Micky Barnard 

Walk of Shame by Lauren Layne
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was such a fun, feel-good read. It locked me in and kept me addicted to the two main characters. WALK OF SHAME had an office-feel, even though it wasn't really set in an office, mainly due to one of the MCs Andrew. Uptight, proper and lacking in understanding of the word fun is what describes Andrew, but he's a top divorce attorney and work is his life. Living across from Georgie seems to be one of the biggest challenges of his day. I started off thinking Georgie was vapid and annoying but she was actually very sweet, innocuous and kind, if a little lacking in life goals. These two are not a match but they sure had something. A delicious frenemies ensues.

"If you're wondering what Andrew Mulroney looks like while he's in workout mode, picture this: Thor and Captain America somehow defeat biology and have a love child together. And call him Andrew."

There's nothing simple…

Drowning To Breathe (Bleeding Stars Series) by A.L. Jackson, Narrated by Andi Arndt & Sebastian York

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REVIEWED BY Isa Jones



"AN EPIC FINALE TO AN UNFORGETTABLE STORY"
Overall Performance Story
Where does Drowning to Breathe rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far? Is way up there with my top reads/audios. Sebastian York and Andi Arndt outdid themselves in this story, there were so many emotional parts but not once they faltered.
What did you like best about this story? I loved this story. This is the concluding part to A Stone in the Sea which tells the story of Sebastian Stone, lead singer of Rock band Sunder and Southern belle, Shea Bentley.
In the first book we were taken on a journey through their relationship and the trials and tribulations of making it work. Sebastian has had a rough time growing up, adapting becoming a super star, loosing family and friends and never in his wildest dreams expected to meet someone who could truly SEE HIM for the beautiful, strong and loving man he was. At the end of the first book we were torn seeing them being ripped fr…

Mixed Up by Emma Hart

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REVIEWED BY Jess 

Mixed Up by Emma Hart
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A quick, easy read from Hart, MIXED UP is a enemy's to lovers story filled with angst and raging hormones. Going from hating your best friends sister to wanting to sleep with her comes with its own special bag of issues-especially when your families are best friends and there are no secrets to be had. Everyone knows everything about everyone.

Parker Hamilton is a three star Michelin chef. He's a beast in the kitchen and a great guy out of it. Unless you're Raven, the passionate Greek brunette who lives across the street and happens to be Ryan, his best friends younger sister. Parker can't stand Raven and the feeling is mutual. Constantly at odds, arguing like an old married couple, fighting for the sake of fighting, and acting like children half the time, their immature behaviour began to get on my nerves. Raven is a smart, independent woman, who runs her own business, a bar named DIRTY where she mixes a…

A Stone in the Sea (Bleeding Stars Book #1) by A.L. Jackson Narrated by Andi Arndt & Sebastian York

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REVIEWED BY ISA JONES


"IT GRIPPED ME FROM THE GET GO." Overall Performance Story If you could sum up A Stone in the Sea in three words, what would they be? PERFECT, FLAWLESS, UNFORGETTABLE
What did you like best about this story? I can't pinpoint just one thing, I liked everything, every single chapter was as beautiful as the next, there were so many emotions in this story, but boy things are far from over yet!
What about Andi Arndt and Sebastian York ’s performance did you like? I love both of them, they are professional to a "T" and they always produce a flawless narration. A stone in the Sea was no exception and each poured their hearts and souls into the job at hand. Regardless of having listened to them in so many other audio books, every time they take on the new role of the ML or FL they play them as if it was the first time they have done this, they dedicate the time to provide the character with the voice which will be completely their own, is astonish…

The Hot Shot by Kristen Callihan

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REVIEWED BY Micky Barnard 

The Hot Shot by Kristen Callihan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

4.5 stars

HOT SHOT was one of those books that suckered you in by the first few pages. My first instinct was, I am going to love this heroine. Chess (Chester - unfortunate parental naming decision) was physically not what I expected from the heroine for this book, but my surprise was positive because Chess is has individuality and style that just gets you on board. She was a strong woman, and I mean strong because she was the photographer shooting a tasteful, nude NFL calendar. Finn 'Manny' Mannous had a lot of live up to post-DEX and although Dex will always be number one for me, Finn just sneaked in and took the fore with that personality, cheek and maybe looks too!

The friendship at builds between these two was an adorable read. I was wearing a smile on my face until my gut felt punched mid way. As these two got to know one another, it wasn't all fun but it was real, believable and emoti…

Turbulence by Whitney G.

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REVIEWED BY Micky Barnard 

Turbulence by Whitney G.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a great, absorbing read this was, it had the power to make me feel so much and many of those emotions were irritation, hate, frustration but there was also hope and lots of amusement. TURBULENCE was an unusual read in that neither of the main characters were likeable for quite some time but their story and event was just had me completely hooked. As with a few of Whitney G's books, there was a slice of 'this would never really happen in real life' but I can get on board with that concept.

I'm not sure I have the right adjectives to describe the character of Senior Captain Jake but jerk and robot are two. He was such a fun character to listen to and Joe Arden really brought his POV to life in the audiobook. There was character growth, that growth was the slowest burn ever, but it was there. I can say I was eventually converted to like, not love. Gillian spent a significant time of the book …

The Hot Shot by Kristen Callihan

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REVIEWED BY Melinda Lazar 


The Hot Shot by Kristen Callihan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Hot Shot by Kristen Callihan

I finished this book last night and have been letting it marinate since. The Game On series is a top favorite of mine and The Hot Shot was a perfect addition.

Chess is a photographer who has the horrible task of taking nude photos of the New Orleans football team for a charity calendar. Yes, I know! Poor bloody Chess! No seriously. When the boys turn up for their shoot, sparks fly between Chess and the delectable quarterback, Finn and not necessarily the good kind. There's clearly an attraction there, past the mutual antagonizing; but after a few chance meetings, they decide to be friends. Neither one of them is looking for wanting or indeed think they're capable of love. Chess is anti hookup while Finn is anti relationship and never the twain shall meet. Until they do.

Circumstances push Chess beyond her comfort zone and force her to move in with Finn where …

Revelry by Kendi Steiner

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REVIEWED BY Monique Cashmere 

Revelry by Kandi Steiner
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The thing I like most about a Kandi Steiner book is you know you are in for an emotional ride with it. You will go through all the emotions when reading one of her books, but this one has been my favourite to date.

Wren takes some time out to rediscover herself after being divorced. She hopes taking a rental cabin in the mountains for the summer will give her some inspiration for her next seasons line. Distractions come from all angles when she arrives and none more so than Anderson. He has demons from his past that he just can't let go, until he realises he may just loose the best thing that has happened to him in seven years.

I have never been through a divorce, but the way this was written, I now feel I have a better understanding of the different aspects Wren faced. She was a brave and strong woman that needed a little more confidence in herself and her decisions. Anderson, who was the brooding ne…

Revelry by Kandi Steiner

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REVIEWED BY Jess


Revelry by Kandi Steiner
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Kandi Steiner, you're my new hero.

I signed up for this ARC ages ago, nearly forgetting that I had it on my TBR. Then it popped up on my kindle and the rest is history-so they say.

I am in complete and utter AWE over the brilliance that is REVELRY. Completely forgetting the blurb and forgoing the opportunity to read it, I dove right in without any expectations and the AMAZING book surprised everything beyond my wildest dreams.

I wish I could relay to you how wonderful this book is. The writing, the characters, the pace and poignancy and the perfectly imperfect lives of everyone in it.

Grief is a horrible feeling. In comes and goes, it sticks around, it moulds you, and it can define you. If you let it. Anderson let it mould him. For the last seven years, he's been locked up tighter than a Swiss bank and no one could break down his impenetrable walls. Guilt is also a horrible feeling. It never leaves until you…

Stay (A Bleeding Stars Novel) by A.L. Jackson

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REVIEWED BY Isa Jones
NARRATED BY Andi Arndt & Zachary Webber
"POWERFUL AND SO DAMN EMOTIONAL" Would you listen to Stay again? Why? YES YES A THOUSAND TIMES!. It is mesmerising, I got completely lost in the story, enthralled in the passion, drama and beautiful romance between the leads. Be still my beating heart I feel elated.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Stay? There were so many magical moments. The first kiss between Ash and Willow had me almost combusting whilst I read, I was shaking with so much emotion. Every time the leads were together was a poetic moment.
What does Andi Arndt and Zachary Webber bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book? OMG I love Andi, I have listen to so many books narrated by her and she always makes each character her own, she brings all the passion and emotion that the Author is trying to transmit. Zachary was magnificent, his voice has a velvet characteristic but at the same time is filled w…

Just Like That by Nicola Rendell

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REVIEWED BY Tina Shobe 
Just Like That by Nicola Rendell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Penny Darling is on a self imposed 'No Man Diet' so she doesn't give into Russ' interest when he help untangle her earbuds at that airport.

I think fate intervened when Penny mistakenly takes Russ' bag and leaves hers behind when her address on a luggage tag. When he delivers her bag to her Russ is able to talk Penny into going to dinner. A dinner that ends them in Urgent Care. The story takes off from there.

The other characters really add to this story. Maisie, Penny's awesome next door neighbor and best friend. Guppy, Penny's miniature horse of a dog, Russ' Aunt Sharon, who is a trip-literally and figuratively and Mayor Jeffers -he's almost too-good-to-be true or is he...

Russ already has new career/job lined up after he finishes he last Private Investigative job in Florida. Penny has made it very clear she's not leaving her home. How are they going to make a rel…